The Muni drivers rolled the dice and lost when they refused management’s last offer. They figured they had two more chances to improve on the deal they rejected — the arbitrator and the courts. Muni management’s offer was based on a weak interpretation of Proposition G that would make life easier for both management and the union while appearing to rein in the drivers.
But the arbitrator had three parties to contend with — the union, Muni management and the city voters. All requirements of Prop. G had to be honored. With 50,000 San Franciscans now unemployed, all that’s needed is to replace Muni’s 2,000 drivers and we’ll have a better transit system, too.
R.E. O’Leary, San Francisco
Ranked choice good idea
Why doesn’t San Mateo County follow San Francisco and Oakland in using instant-runoff (ranked-choice) voting?
County officials alleged we don’t need it because there are hardly any runoffs. That’s because countywide elections are so expensive, no challenger can afford to run.
When countywide elections were challenged in Superior Court as biased in favoring incumbents, the county asked the courts to dismiss the lawsuit, with Board of Supervisors President Carol Groom alleging, “By being elected at-large, I have responsibility to every voter!”
Yet Groom was first appointed before being re-elected unchallenged, as most incumbents are. If incumbents have nothing to fear, put both instant runoff and district voting on the ballot. Then let the people decide.
Jeffrey Tong, San Bruno
Better for Lee not to run
I keep seeing calls for Ed Lee to throw his hat into the ring for mayor in the coming November election. But since Lee is serving as interim mayor on a temporary basis, he is beholden but to no one but the citizens of San Francisco.
Remove that factor and all effectiveness that now emanates from Room 200 of City Hall would certainly be lost.
Let’s leave well-enough alone.
William J. Coburn, San Francisco
Obamacare a good start
Obamacare is admittedly imperfect, but at least it was an attempt to do something about the disaster that is health care in America. If Republicans succeed in dismantling Obamacare, what do they then propose to implement instead of it?
As former House Speaker Sam Rayburn once pointed out, any jackass can kick over a barn, but it takes a good carpenter to build one. It’s time for Republicans to start building, and not just on the issue of health care.
Riley B. VanDyke, San Francisco